Makeup for Headshots and Portraits

August 6, 2017

Putting on make-up is something a woman does hundreds of times in her life. For a man, not so much. Portrait and headshot photography is the great equalizer where the right makeup can help either sex. To make the most of your time with your photographer, make sure your makeup and hair are camera ready. Not only will it boost your confidence, but will also even out your skin tone and cover any blemishes.

To get you started, here are a few tips about makeup and hair for your portrait or headshot:

Let Your Beauty Show

Natural beauty is what the camera is looking for. One week before your photo shoot, make sure to take care of any tanning and hair coloring so that it looks more natural as the week passes. Two to three days before, make sure you are drinking lots of water and avoiding things such as caffeine, the sun, alcohol and smoking. The night before? Get rest and lots of it.

Go for the Natural Look

For headshots, you want a natural look. “Light” makeup is suitable as long as it is natural and evenly applied. Don’t be afraid to use powder, more than when you are doing activities like going to a party. What you need is even coverage combined with a natural look finish.

The Eyes Have It

Emphasize your eyes – they should be the main focus of your shot. You want your eyes to stand out but not in the “smokey eye” or “winged liner” way. Line the top of your eye with black or dark brown eyeliner. Draw this very close to the lash line.

Remember the Hair

There is a perfect hairstyle for each of us – find yours. Make an appointment to have great hair for your photo shoot. Get a style that compliments your features and boosts your natural beauty.

Just for the Guys

All this prep isn’t just for the ladies. It is important for guys to plan for their photo shoot, too. Make sure you have your hair styled in a way that fits your look. Also, if you intend to have facial hair in your headshot, start growing it well in advance. Watch for razor burn and stray hairs in your beard, hair or eyebrows.

With just a little planning ahead, you can ensure that you have a successful photo shoot.

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